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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2013

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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17,490Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 173 out of 1491

$965K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 165 out of 1491

441 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
81% Patients 65 Years and Older
53% Subsidized Claims for Low-Income Patients

How Does This Prescriber Compare to Peers?

In the same specialty and state. Caveats »

Drugs That Present Special Risks
Costs of Prescribing
Higher avg 81928cdb0ebe162ff75cf405bfacadd396bf3ec84bc467b6f3e612dd63daa776 Average for
this specialty
in Georgia
Lower avg 72b1978e1dcc0b845f89d17d692cfff7aeaf8d8bce70310d8bfc535db2daf62a

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

12% of this provider’s 441 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

18% of this provider’s 441 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 11%.

Brand Name Drugs

19% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$55 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

40 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 21.


This Prescriber's Drugs

The table below list this provider’s drugs, the number of prescriptions and how many went to seniors. Drugs are ranked by volume and compared with the rank for all providers in the same specialty and state.

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S2

A schedule two drug. More » Schedule two drugs have a high potential for abuse and severe dependence, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

S3

A schedule three drug. More » Schedule three drugs have potential for abuse and dependence, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

A

An antipsychotic drug. More » Antipsychotics are frequently given to dementia patients, though it increases their risk of death.

R

A risky drug for seniors. More » The American Geriatrics Society has said this drug is "potentially dangerous" for seniors and might be inappropriate.

B

A benzodiazepine, or tranquilizer. More » The American Geriatrics Society says these drugs increase the risk of cognitive impairment, delirium, falls and fractures in older adults.

10

This provider is among the top 10 prescribers of
this drug in the country.

This provider’s prescriptions for this drug were for more days than those of peers. More » Because of this, his or her prescription count may be lower.

This provider’s prescriptions for this drug were for fewer days than those of peers. More » Because of this, his or her prescription count may be higher.

This Drug's Rank
Drug Name Total Prescriptions Filled with Refills Prescriptions
to 65+
Patients Recieving this Drug Category For this Prescriber For All Prescribers in
This Specialty in Georgia
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 1,160 904 161 1 2
LISINOPRIL 745 628 121 2 4
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 545 342 70 S3 3 7
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 503 369 89 4 10
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 502 488 83 5 1
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 431 399 65 6 14
CLONAZEPAM 409 284 55 B 7 50
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 398 265 56 8 20
METFORMIN HCL 383 289 65 9 9
PROGESTERONE 321 237 60 10 10 335
OMEPRAZOLE 316 242 51 11 5
RANITIDINE HCL 252 162 41 12 30
GABAPENTIN 244 152 35 13 13
SIMVASTATIN 233 219 49 14 3
WARFARIN SODIUM 229 214 26 15 22
MIRTAZAPINE 214 154 32 16 71
GLIMEPIRIDE 205 150 33 17 37
ATENOLOL 200 183 30 18 21
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 200 152 30 18 6
SPIRONOLACTONE 193 147 41 20 74
NEXIUM 185 127 26 21 25
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 181 136 21 A 22 68
ALPRAZOLAM 170 74 27 B 23 23
TIZANIDINE HCL 165 69 29 24 99
TRAMADOL HCL 160 137 39 25 15
CITALOPRAM HBR 158 153* 23 26 24
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 148 136 23 27 19
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 145 109 61 28 29
OXYCODONE HCL 145 40 20 S2 28 125
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 141 122 24 30 38
FUROSEMIDE 139 88 32 31 8
TRAZODONE HCL 137 125 19 32 43
TAMSULOSIN HCL 134 103 29 33 35
FENOFIBRATE* 134 89 22 33 54
FENTANYL 130 70 16 S2 35 123
CLOPIDOGREL 124 119* 24 36 18
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 118 89 20 37 79
ALLOPURINOL 117 117 21 38 32
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 115 100 23 39 11
PROAIR HFA 113 51 22 40 69
DONEPEZIL HCL 101 96* 18 41 34
LORAZEPAM 101 77 19 B 41 42
CARVEDILOL 99 83 19 43 17
SYNTHROID 98 76 17 44 39
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 95 90* 19 45 33
FLUOXETINE HCL 92 52 16 46 59
SPIRIVA 90 50 11 47 77
PROMETHAZINE HCL 89 22 23 R 48 97
HYDROCORTISONE 89 37 18 48 380
SERTRALINE HCL 89 77 16 48 26
PREDNISONE 88 73 45 51 44
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 84 73 13 52 113
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 84 60 19 52 16
METFORMIN HCL ER 80 75* 14 54 56
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 80 80 13 54 83
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 76 62 11 56 64
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 75 70* 19 57 12
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 74 69* 18 58 49
ADVAIR DISKUS 74 46 14 58 65
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 67 39 17 60 53
CYMBALTA 67 37 11 60 51
FLUCONAZOLE 65 26 25 62 140
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 63 47 14 63 45
MELOXICAM 62 48 15 64 31
NITROFURANTOIN* 62 <11 <11 64 312
PIOGLITAZONE HCL 60 <11 <11 R 66 89
ARMOUR THYROID 60 60 13 R 66 336
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 60 <11 <11 66 70
BACLOFEN 59 <11 <11 69 145
METHADONE HCL 57 <11 <11 S2 70 193
VENLAFAXINE HCL 56 <11 <11 71 213
LEVOFLOXACIN 56 45 39 71 76
HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE SULFATE 56 <11 <11 71 198
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 55 32 16 R 74 75
AMOXICILLIN 54 39 43 75 105
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 54 49* 13 75 52
ESTRADIOL 54 42 11 R 75 139
FINASTERIDE 54 54 11 75 95
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 53 <11 <11 79 85
LEVETIRACETAM 53 <11 <11 79 101
ZIPRASIDONE HCL 52 <11 <11 A 81 242
BD ULTRA-FINE PEN NEEDLE 51 39 16 82 126
About This Data

Prescribing data from Medicare’s prescription drug benefit, known as Part D, was compiled and released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the federal agency that oversees the program. ProPublica combined that data with additional information released by CMS. The data for 2013 includes nearly 1.4 billion prescriptions written by 1.3 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 410,000 of those providers who wrote 50 or more prescriptions for at least one drug that year. Almost three-fourths of these prescriptions went to patients 65 and older; the rest were for disabled patients Methodology »

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Caveats
  • No comparisons are shown if 10 or fewer prescribers in the state share this specialty.
  • The list of top drugs includes only those for which this provider wrote 50 or more prescriptions, but all prescriptions are counted in the summary totals at the top.
  • Comparisons do not take into account the medical conditions of patients. Medications for certain conditions do not have generic alternatives, so patients would receive more expensive brand name drugs.
  • This provider's address and specialty information was last updated on June 29, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.